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Old 04-11-2011, 08:05 PM   #1
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Sump pit waste flow

Hi folks,

I have to install a sump pit in the basement. I live in Ottawa Ontario.

What are the requirements for removing water from a sump pit? Does the drain line need to be buried under ground or spanish well, or can the line simply find its way out of the house and onto the front yard?

The house is about 30' away from the street, and it's in an old suburb in Ottawa. It is a curbed street, if that matters.

I'm going to consult the OBC now as well.

Thanks! Mike.


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Old 04-12-2011, 07:07 AM   #2
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Ideally a pipe from the bottom of the pit running almost horizontally (sloping gently down away from the pit) and reaching the surface outside is the best. Of course this works only if the ground outside slopes more steeply down away from the house in order that the pipe can meet the surface eventually.

Other than that you need a sump pump. The outlet pipe or hose can simply pour the water outside except the water has to be let out far enough away that it does not pool up against the foundation.

And you need to keep the outlet pipe from freezing in winter. Usually if the outlet pipe does not have ups as well as downs after it exits the house, you won't have a problem.


The good conscientious technician or serviceperson will carry extra oils and lubricants in case the new pump did not come with oil or the oil was accidentally spilled, so the service call can be completed without an extra visit.
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